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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Central L.A
Mexican
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
GREAT EVERY TIME!!!!!

This is the one Mexican Restaurant I go to every time I am in LA - why? - Because in my opinion it is truly great! The staff the history of the restaurant and the location - very original!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
sunni2014
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Los Angeles, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is the one Mexican Restaurant I go to every time I am in LA - why? - Because in my opinion it is truly great! The staff the history of the restaurant and the location - very original!

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Lancaster, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Delicious, Authentic Mexican food, large portions, free homemade chips and salsa and great customer service and the best margaritas. This restaurant will easily become your family favorite. and if your single it is a great place for dating , they have a cozy bar with fresh tasty drinks and patio area on the other side. Try it you wont regret... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

We first ate here in the 1960's and it still generates warmth just walking in the door. Little change in the menu. Valet parking a must. Just sit with a classic margarita and soak up the history. El Cholo reassures me that life goes on.

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Downey, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I have only been here once but the food and service were great! If you're looking for authentic Mexican food this is the place. You will not be disappointed! Oh, don't forget to try the margaritas. They are amazing!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The atmosphere is lively and fun Food was great , very tasty and the service was good . Great Margaritas However the restaurant was soooo cold . We had to keep our coats and other customers did the same We did ask for AC to be turned off several times but this request wasnt granted !

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Los Angeles, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My family and I went to the El Cholo Restaurant near Staples Center in late November before attending an LA Kings hockey game. Quite simply, it was not good. The chips and salsa were fine but the food was sub-par. In fact, I would compare the food to El Torito. I've eaten at El Cholo on Western (the original El... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is the best mexican restaurant I've ever been. Tortilla soup is unbelievable, everything is fresh, awesome atmosphere, great chips and salsa, large and tasty meals. The service is simple but nice.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We were looking for good authentic Mexican restaurant and El Cholo was recommend to us from the valet parking guy . The moment we entered , I felt that this is not my place . The place was dark , with low ceiling , bulky old furnitures . There was an unpleasant odor of an unventilated environment . The cervice... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

If you're looking for the Authentic Mexican experience, there are dozens of better options in the LA area. But if you're looking for some tasty food at a reasonable price, in a fun setting, this place is worth checking out. The enchiladas are very good, and the margaritas are not to be missed!

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Hemet, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Salsa and Chips are the first give away. Salsa had no flavor and was watered down. We asked for something hotter and it was just hot, again no flavor. The chips were not any better. Stale. I ordered a margarita...received it in a coke glass. Then came our food. On a scale of 1-5, the food was a 3. Lacked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?